Creative Technologies Showcase
Friday 17th February
Set up at 10am – Bristol By Balloon
12pm – 3pm
Children & Technology
Constructivism, Turtles & Digital Natives
The scandal of education is that every time you “teach” someone something you deprive him or her of the possibility of learning it – Seymour Papert
- Repeating something until you figure out how to do it right.
- Dependent on the learner you are, you learn by doing.
- Learning through experience, for example, children learning to walk are not taught how to walk.
- Trial and error, test it, break it, test it another way.
Children never get turned off learning things that are hard, but if it is inaccessible they reject it.
Field trips to the forest, children go and get muddy, climb trees, draw with sticks – Embodied learning.
Playful Structures – Models to understand the world
- Mindcraft – Construction, building, learning within an environment.
- Lego – Build anything with it, you can ‘make belief’ with it, tangible.
- School learning
- Fills the gaps
- Natural education
- Doing stuff
- Real world
- Computers – Opportunity, micro-worlds in which we can explore things, visual.
Learning should not be imposed on the child
Construct artificial worlds
- Learning as reconstruction, not by transfer.
- Discovery based on learning.
- Learning is most effective when making and manipulating physical objects.
- Engagement, closer to love than logic, little to do with explanation.
Technology for children:
- Rasberry Pi